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214                           LETTERS   FROM   THE

who sold it for assignats to the Notary Le Fevre
de la Boulaye, and now is at law with him to
regain possession. All the wood had been cut
down before the sale. As Beuvron discharged all
his debts with the assignats paid him by Le Fevre,
he appears to have had a fair price, whatever his
creditors may have had.

To-day, Lady Rodney and her daughters, with
the De Mauldes and myself, dined at the Her-
mitage de Franchard, where there is a good spring
among the rocks, though the stream looks as green
as cabbage water. The situation and rocks are
very romantic. The church is now a forest-
keeper's house. On the wall is the figure of a
hermit. There is a dripping-stone down below,
and the water is reckoned good for various dis-
orders. The peasants still preserve their super-
stition. This chapel was, I think, founded by
Philippe le Bel.

The Vallee de la Solle (a large, circular plain
surrounded by ridges of woody rocks) is replete
with beauties. It has many noble beeches and
groups of oaks; the timber is remarkable for its
size and height, which is prodigious in the part
called La Tillas. I measured an oak seven feet
in diameter at one foot from the ground. Along
the Gorges de Muines the rocks are thrown